Kesha sparks concern as she wields knife on stage to celebrate new song Joyride

Kesha sparks concern as she wields knife on stage to celebrate new song Joyride

Kesha has released a brand new single – and performed it this week (Picture: Backgrid)

Kesha truly went all out to celebrate her new song, Joyride, with a wild performance in Atlantic City.

The Take It Off singer marked Independence Day by dropping her new single on July 4, and took to the stage at the Hard Rock Casino.

The 37-year-old looked incredible as she appeared in Atlantic City in a sparkly outfit, before holding up a black T-shirt with the word ‘free’ across the front in glitter.

Things took a turn when she picked up a string of props mid-way through the performance as she wielded a huge knife during one song – but it is currently unclear why she did so.

At one point, she swapped the knife for a sanitary pad, adorned with the word. ‘C****’ in black marker.

As you do.

She wielded a knife during the performance (Picture: Backgrid)

Kesha hit the stage in Atlantic City (Picture: Backgrid)

Kesha has a lot to get excited about at the moment as Joyride marks her first new music since leaving Dr Luke’s record label, following their long-running legal battle.

In 2014, the Die Young superstar alleged that the music producer drugged and raped her in a civil lawsuit – accusations he denied.

He then sued her for defamation, claiming that she fabricated the allegation to get out of her recording contract from Kemosabe Records.

After years of bitter legal disputes, they reached a resolution in 2023, shortly before they were due to go to trial.

She showed off an explicit message on a sanitary pad (Picture: Backgrid)

She proudly posed with a T-shirt reading ‘free’ (Picture: Backgrid)

‘Kesha and Dr Luke have agreed to a resolution of the lawsuit, and have agreed to issue and post a joint statement regarding that resolution,’ they said in a message at the time.

‘Only God knows what happened that night,’ Kesha added on Instagram. ‘As I have always said, I cannot recount everything that happened.

‘I am looking forward to closing the door on this chapter of my life and beginning a new one. I wish nothing but peace to all parties involved.’

Kesha has been embroiled in a huge legal battle (Picture: Getty)

‘While I appreciate Kesha again acknowledging that she cannot recount what happened that night in 2005, I am absolutely certain that nothing happened,’ Dr Luke added. ‘I never drugged or assaulted her and would never do that to anyone.

‘For the sake of my family, I have vigorously fought to clear my name for nearly 10 years.

‘It is time for me to put this difficult matter behind me and move on with my life. I wish Kesha well.’

Dr Luke denied all allegations against him (Picture: FilmMagic)

Following the ordeal, Kesha has now released Joyride, which has been described as ‘joyous’ and ‘upbeat’.

‘Don’t even try to give me s***t, I’ve earned the right to be like this,’ she sang in the track. ‘Joy ride, joy ride, I’m just looking for a good time tonight.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Kesha’s reps for a comment.

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